We offer several options for training
Find the program that works best for you, your schedule and your dog! Call today and make your training plan happen!
PRIVATE LESSONS: Here at Bear Brook Kennel we offer private dog training where your dog can work one-on-one with our trainers. Classes will typically take place at night when it is most convenient for you. Not only are we focusing on bettering your dog's behavior, but we are in addition teaching you how to handle and promote better behavior. Classes are typically an hour. $75 per session.
BOARD & TRAIN PROGRAM: Do you need to board your dog for a certain period of time, but want them to learn while they are here? Well this is the program for you! Your dog will work with the trainers here at Bear Brook Kennel for multiple sessions each day. Not only will they get more time out of the kennel, but they will work on behavioral issues, basic obedience, and mental stimulation games. $40 a day, on top of the original boarding price.
BASIC OBEDIENCE CLASSES: We offer 5 week group classes on Tuesdays at 5:30 PM. A new class starts every 6 weeks. We only allow 7 dogs in each class so every pet and owner get the attention needed.
Basic Obedience Classes Start March 9th!
Classes run for 5 consecutive weeks at 5:30 PM on Tuesdays.
$130 Prepay for classes to reserve space!
Please call for details (207) 989-7979
Please click on this link to view all of training class requirements: Training Class Instructions
What You Should Know before Attending Training Class
All classes must be paid for in advance to hold your spot and are non-refundable.
We train with positive reinforcement with praise and treats, therefore not feeding the dog 4 to 6 hours before class will help.
Treats need to be soft and pliable with a lot of odor. When the dog is playing with a toy, walk over and wave a treat in front of its nose without saying anything. If the dog leaves the toy, it is a good indication this will work in training class.
A buckle or snap collar, or gentle leader collar with a six-foot leash is all you need for equipment.
Bring the family! Whoever is not working with the dog at the moment can watch and learn from the sidelines. We prefer only one handler work with the dog per class.
DAY TRAINING PROGRAM: Clients will drop off their dogs in the morning (8:00 am) and pick them up in the afternoon (4:00 pm). Trainers at Bear Brook Kennel will work with your dog throughout the day. There will be various one-on-one sessions that cover basic obedience, good manners, and socialization. Your dog will be learning throughout the day, and will be ready for a nap when they get home! $60 a day.
Five basic rewards in dog training
Verbal Praise (Good Dog)
Physical Praise (Petting)
A Smile (Dogs Communicate by Facial Expressions)
Registration for Our Classes
Vaccinations and Payment
For our classes, we do require all dogs have up to date Rabies, Distemper, and Bordetella vaccines. We need to see proof of these before the first day of class. You can bring them in any time before classes start or you can have your vet fax or email them to us.
We also require prepayment for the class before the first day of class. Prepayment puts your name on the class roster and holds your spot in the class - without prepayment, there is no guarantee that there will be room for you in the class and your name does not go onto the class roster.
We do need to get some information about you and your dog for our computer system so we do need you to contact us in some way before the first night of class to get you set up with an account and get your payment and vaccines taken care of. If you or your pet has never been here before, you will have to register you and your dog online. Register Here!
Basic Obedience and Puppy Socialization are done on the same evening and you may take both classes for a discounted price. Please download and prepare for your classes here: Training Class Instructions
We look forward to working with you and your dog. Please give us a call to see when the next class starts!
MEET OUR TRAINERS
Giovanna has had a passion for dogs since she was young. Volunteering at the humane society with problematic dogs opened her eyes to the world of training. She has gained training knowledge from the previous trainer here at Bear Brook, hands-on experience, and online forum.
Sarah is one of our head trainers here at Bear Brook Kennel. She became involved in our training program in early 2020. She shadowed our certified trainer in multiple sessions. She previously volunteered at the Bangor Humane Society for over a year where she had the opportunity to work one-on-one with a variety or dogs. This experience came with a diverse amount of personalities and behavioral issues.
Julia attends UMO and majors in animal sciences. She has tremendous k-9 experience and is comfortable handling dogs of all types. She has no trouble reading k-9 behavior and correcting it as need be. She has been with us since the summer of 2018 and just keeps growing with us!